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MacDonald Pass Ski Trails

MacDonald Pass Cross Country Ski Trails – Helena, Montana

The Helena area offers a few options for cross country skiing. Bill Roberts Golf Course is a flatter, in-town option, while places like MacDonald Pass and Stemple Pass will take you out into the mountains surrounding Helena.

MacDonald Pass

Located 15 miles west of Helena off of Highway 12 on your way toward Elliston, “Mac Pass” offers groomed cross country ski trails. The plowed parking lot is ont he north side of the highway, about a third mile east of the highway summit. There is a toilet located one km down the trail. For more information on MacDonald Pass visit

Free Electronic Map of MacPass
Step 1: Download the free AVENZA PDF Maps App or similar product from the App Store or Google Play on your smartphone device. Allow app to access your location and camera. Step 2: Open App to Maps screen, click the plus icon (+) to add the MacPass Ski Trail Map by entering the following URL: Step 3: Go Skiing! App tracks your location, distance, time and elevation. Note: Cell phone batteries may not last very long in the cold. Do not use the app for emergencies. Know your surroundings.

Bill Roberts Golf Course
The Last Chance Nordic Ski Club also maintains the trails at the Bill Roberts Golf Course, 2201 N. Benton. More information can be found at their website.

Stemple Pass
The Stemple Pass Ski Trails are a system of 4 basic ungroomed connected ski trail loops that provide opportunities for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiing – 2 km of easiest, 20 km of more difficult, 10 km of most difficult trail; no grooming. Parking available for 40 vehicles. Stemple Pass sits on the Continental Divide and the skier should be prepared for rapidly changing weather. An outhouse available at the trailhead, otherwise, there are no other facilities. Driving Directions: Travel south from Lincoln on Forest Road 601 (Poor Man Creek Road) approximately 16 miles south and east to Stemple Pass. Located 37 miles north of Helena.

Cross country ski rentals are available at these Helena sporting good stores:

The Base Camp

Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors

Capital Sports and Western


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